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BEIT MIDRASH AT YESHIVAH OF FLATBUSH

The new Beit Midrash at the Yeshivah of Flatbush serves as the central worship and religious study space for students and faculty. The double-height hall is organized into two vertical zones symbolizing the two Biblical realms: the temporal world defined by the lower level of bookshelves for congregants to study; and the spiritual realm expressed by the curvature of the draped wood ceiling, a reference to the heavens above. The middle space between the two is symbolic of our efforts to bridge the two realms through prayer and our actions.

 

The space is multi-functional with furniture that can be easily rearranged, quickly transforming from a formal prayer space to a study hall with tables or to a lecture hall for presentations. Natural light, diffused by the staggered mullions, filters in through the large windows and slowly moves across the space reinforcing the connection with the spiritual world above.

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Spiritual Realm

Temporal Realm

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Project completed with Dattner Architects. Role: Co-Lead Designer

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